Sooner or later, the time comes for everyone. Your sagging sofa has seen better days. That outdated dinette set has to go. Maybe you’re simply ready to redecorate. So now you have a new problem: what to do with the old stuff. Here are some suggestions to help that go from not so earth-friendly to very green.
Your local trash company may pick your unwanted furniture up, but most don’t. Check for the information on their website or call. They will likely charge an extra fee. The one thing not to do is place oversized items by the curb. You will probably end up hauling it back inside.
Some places have a county landfill that you can haul large items to yourself. After your vehicle stops on the scales, you’ll be charged by weight. Another option for trashing unwanted furniture is to call a professional removing company like 1-800-GOT JUNK. Of course, you will pay a hefty fee.
In with the New
If you’re replacing an item, sometimes the store will have the delivery driver haul your old stuff away and replace it with the new. This is especially true for appliances like refrigerators, washers, and dryers. Call the store ahead of time to find out. They may or may not charge a few. Some states have electric and power companies that will pick up appliances for recycling. Some even give you a credit on your electric bill, typically $50.00 dollars.
It is less likely that a store will offer to haul your old sofa or other furniture away for you. However, you might be able to coax the driver into it by offering him some cash on the side.
A much greener option for getting rid of unwanted furniture is to sell it. You’ve heard the saying “one mans trash is another man’s treasure”. This is an excellent idea for furniture in fair or good condition. Maybe you’re simply tired of that color, pattern or style. It a win-win situation because you make a little cash and the furniture goes to someone who wants it instead of the dump.
There are several options for selling unwanted furniture. People love yard sales, and you could toss in some of those outgrown kids clothes and toys. Most towns have Facebook yard sale groups. Join the group and post a photo of your stuff along with a fair price or sell it for the best offer. If your unwanted furniture is in good shape and of a high-end brand, consider placing it with a consignment shop.
Donating unwanted furniture is a very green and generous thing to do. Places like Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army are glad to receive donations and may provide free pickup. They sell the items for a profit to help with a good cause. The Salvation Army also accepts clothes and small appliances. Collect enough donation tickets and you can claim them for one of next year’s tax deductions.
Refinish Or Repurpose It
Stand back and take a look at your unwanted piece of furniture. Browse some DIY websites like Pinterest of HGTV and you may get inspired to turn your unwanted item into a keeper. With some creativity, you might be able to turn an old dresser into a craft table or bar. A very green thing to do!
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